Initiation Storyboard - Cassidy Nicholson

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  • Simile
  • The basement room was dark and warm, like the inside of a sealed jar... (Plath 239)
  • Flashback
  • Even Tracy had been wistful when she heard that Millicent had been one of me five girls to receive an invitation. (Plath 240)
  • Symbol
  • "Millicent visualized them, pale gray-brown birds in a flock, one like the other, all exactly alike..." "Millicent thought of the heather birds. Swooping carefree over the moors, they would go singing and crying out across the great spaces of air, dipping and darting, strong and proud in their freedom and their sometime loneliness." (Plath 9)
  • On page 239, Plath uses a simile to compare the basement to a sealed jar. It uses "as" to show how the basement felt small of constricting like being inside of a sealed jar. This is a good description because a cold dark basement can easily feel claustrophobic like a sealed jar would feel.
  • Bev
  • "In Bev's eyes, Millicent was sure of it, there was a hard, bright spark of exultation." (Plath 5)
  • The story as a whole is based on a flashback. This flashback begins on page 240. The author uses a flashback set up to draw the reader in and keep them hooked.
  • Setting
  • "It's fifteen minutes before the bus gets into town," Bev was saying then. "I want you to go up and down the bus asking people what they eat for breakfast. Remember, you can 't tell them you' re being initiated. " (Plath 7)
  • In this story, a main symbol repeated throughout the story is that of the heather bird and the sparrow. The heather bird is a symbol of individuality and freedom. The sparrow is a symbol being the same as everyone else and fitting into one spot of a "flock."
  • Theme
  • "Within Millicent another melody soared, strong and exuberant, a triumphant answer to the music of the darting heather birds that sang so clear and lilting over the fa r lands. And she knew that her own private initiation had just begun." (Plath 9-10)
  • Bev is an over controlling and somewhat malicious character. This adds to the story because it makes Millicent's hazing even more severe and allowing more room for her to question joining the club.
  • The public bus as the setting shows that even in a place of extreme diversity, Millicent found acceptance. I believe this is a key turning point in her becoming more outgoing as well as her deciding to leave the sorority.
  • Be yourself and don't worry about what others might think. Millicent learns this theme throughout the story. Her conclusion that this is true, allows her to make the right decision and not join the sorority.
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